Corruption is literally built into the foundations of modern China. The construction and infrastructure sectors are two of the most corrupt in country, putting at risk China's vaunted development, and also potentially endangering its neighbors.
Cleo Pascal, Associate Fellow, Royal Institute of International Affairs
The gap between rich and poor has become so inflammatory and unsustainable that the Chinese government has simply stopped releasing an official measure of the distribution of wealth. (Unofficial studies now put China’s inequality beyond the point that a former Prime Minister once estimated would trigger social unrest.)
Evan Osnos, The New Yorker
There are differences between the current regimes in Russia and China, but the countries share one common characteristic; both are run by a bunch of corrupt thieves.
And it does not look that matters are going to improve very much either, with Vladimir Putin as the de facto lifetime president in Russia and Xi Jinping as the new president in China.
Bloomberg has compiled some interesting facts about Xi and his extended family: